Thank you for taking the first step in our mission!

ABC7NY partnered with DKMS to showcase the truly life-saving nature of bone marrow donation. DKMS donor Steven met his 25-year-old bone marrow recipient, Josh, for the first time and the powerful moment highlighted the impact that a seemingly simple decision to swab can have on the life of a patient battling blood cancer. ABC7 is helping to create more stories like Steven and Josh’s by encouraging viewers in the tri-state area to register with DKMS. By completing the registration form below, you could possibly a patient in needs lifesaver.

Approximately 70% of all patients in need of bone marrow transplants must find a matching donor outside of their family. The chances of matching with someone are highest when donors are from the same ethnic groups as the patients---- but communities of color—including South Asian, Black or African American, Arab, and Latinx people—are underrepresented in the donor pool. Only 20% of the 20 million registrants reflect communities of color, and the unfortunate reality is that the majority of people in our community will not find a match unless we can significantly increase this number. You can step up to help these patients in need.

Register today! The process is free, easy and the five minutes of your time could end up meaning a lifetime for a patient in need.. All it takes is a simple cheek swab to join the registry and potentially save someone’s life. And don’t forget to send back you swabs in the pre-paid envelope!

Lifesaving starts here!

Registering for the chance to save a life is exciting, but before you begin, please be sure you haven’t registered before with another donor center. Also, we ask that all registered donors be willing to donate to any patient. Lastly, please scroll down to review the two ways to donate.

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We want to make sure that helping a patient won’t impact your health. Please review the following list of criteria. If you are not sure about a requirement, feel free to call us at 866.340.3567.

YOU ARE ELIGIBLE TO REGISTER IF YOU ARE:

  • Between the ages of 18 and 55
  • In good general health
  • At least 4’10” and weigh more than 105 pounds, but not exceed a maximum BMI of 40.

YOU ARE NOT ELIGIBLE TO REGISTER IF YOU HAVE:

  • HIV
  • History of heart surgery or heart disease
  • Autoimmune disorders such as lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, multiple sclerosis or fibromyalgia
  • Sleep apnea, breathing problems or severe asthma (daily inhalers are acceptable)
  • Diabetes requiring insulin or injectable medication
  • Hepatitis B or C
  • Kidney or liver disease
  • History of stroke, including TIA
  • Chronic or severe neck, spine or back problems
  • Epilepsy or other seizure within one year
  • History of blood clotting or bleeding disorders
  • History of head injury or multiple concussions
  • Personal history of cancer (exceptions: Stage 0 or in situ melanoma, breast, bladder, cervical and cured localized skin cancer such as basal cell or squamous cell carcinoma)

If you have questions about whether your medical history would prevent you from donating, please contact donorrelations@dkms.org or 212.209.6700.

You could be someone's lifesaver!

She Became a Bone Marrow Donor and Saved a Life!
She Became a Bone Marrow Donor and Saved a Life!


Approximately 70% of all patients in need of bone marrow transplants must find a matching donor outside of their family. Watch this video to learn how Madison dedicated her time to save a strangers life.

How Bone Marrow Donations Work

Two Ways to Potentially Save A Life

Donation

If you are one of the lucky ones that becomes a match for a patient, there are two ways you can donate and help that person get a second chance at life. The patient's doctor will select the method that promises the best outcome for the patient, so we ask that potential donors understand both procedures and be comfortable moving forward with either one. Photo: Christopher McAfee. Registered at DKMS in 2008, Chris donated through Peripheral Blood Stem Cell in May 2019.

Peripheral Blood Stem Cell Donation

This is the donation method used in 75% of cases. Peripheral Blood Stem Cell (PBSC) donation is a non-surgical, outpatient procedure that collects blood stem cells via the bloodstream. It takes about 4-8 hours on 1-2 consecutive days.

Bone Marrow Donation

This is the donation method used in about 25% of cases, generally when the patient is a child. It is a 1-2 hour surgical procedure performed under anesthesia, so no pain is experienced during the donation. Marrow cells are collected from the back of your pelvic bone using a syringe.

 

During the procedure, your blood is drawn through one arm and passed through a machine that filters out the blood stem cells. The remaining blood is returned to you through your other arm. To increase your blood stem cells prior to donation, you will receive daily injections of a synthetic protein called filgrastim on the 4 days leading up to and on the morning of the procedure. The actual donation can take from 4-8 hours over the course of 1-2 days.

Possible Side Effects & Recovery

While taking filgrastim, you may experience flu-like symptoms such as headaches, bone and muscle aches and fatigue. Most side effects will begin to subside within 48 hours of donating. A majority of donors report a full recovery within 1 week.

We check up with you regularly after donation to make sure you are recovering properly. If you are not, we will arrange any necessary follow-up care.

 

Possible Side Effects & Recovery

You may experience some pain, bruising and stiffness for up to two weeks after donation. Within a week of donating, you should be able to return to work, school and many regular activities. Your marrow will completely replenish itself within 3-6 weeks.

We check up with you regularly after donation to make sure you are recovering properly. If you are not, we will arrange any necessary follow-up care.